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Extreme Soul Makeover
June 13, 2017

The December 20, 2004, issue of Time magazine had an article describing the television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[1] It told the story of Alice Harris of South Central Los Angeles. She still remembers the day the good people from ABC volunteered to demolish her house. In 2003, a flood had left the community activist and her family, who had no insurance, living in one bedroom. Worst of all, the waters had ruined a stash of Christmas toys Harris had collected for poor children. Harris said, "I figured no one was going to come to Watts and help us. No one had ever done that." But Extreme Makeover: Home Edition found her. Its bullhorn-wielding host, Ty Pennington, shipped Harris and her family off for a week's vacation in Carlsbad, California, while over one hundred workers and neighbors tore her home down to the foundation and built a new, bigger one. They replaced the Christmas toys and donated appliances, mattresses, and landscaping to her flood-stricken neighbors. They even threw in a basketball court for the neighborhood kids. Now that's an extreme makeover.

All of these extreme makeovers have something in common: an outsider comes in with a one-two-three program. First, that outsider sees the possibilities you couldn't see. Second, that outsider does what you couldn't do. Third, that outsider pays for what you could not afford to pay.

The good news is that God is in the business of extreme makeovers.  Acts 9 has the story of one such miracle where God saw potential in a persecutor and murderer.  Saul, breathing out murderous threats against disciples of Jesus, was on the road to Damascus to arrest more followers of Jesus when he was struck by blinding light.  Jesus stopped him in his tracks.  Then he had another minister of grace come to him to tell him God’s change of plans for him.  Saul, renamed Paul, became almost as tenacious in the spreading of the gospel to Gentiles. 

Do you need a supreme soul make over?  It does not matter where you have been or what you have done, God is in the business of extreme makeovers.  Absolutely no person is denied the makeover of grace and mercy that He provides.  The Bible says that all people who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:13).  Turn to God and leave your way of sin and watch the makeover begin.  You will be changed, renewed and the transformation will continue.

pj
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